My DS is almost 8 months old - started a bit of cereal at 6 months, and have been successfully experimenting with lots of different fruits and veggies since 7 months.
A few questions (sorry so long, but I've been saving up my questions so I don't have to post thirty times!):
1) what is considered 'normal' stools for an BF infant starting solids? (this may be gross, but what the heck is it supposed to look like, b/c it certainly does not look yellowy, runny and seedy anymore)
2) how can I tell the signs of constipation? (my LO will poop about twice a day, but it will be really dry and formed and small like the size of a chestnut... he will definitely strain to get this out, but he doesn't seem to be in pain. I don't know if it is really considered hard, b/c it totally squishes when I wrap up the diaper, but then every 4 or 5 days he will have a big looser (still not runny) stool...
3) what foods, in your experience, cause the most constipation? and in your experience, what foods will aid in constipation? (ie can I add some prune juice to fruits, veggies or cereal - and before you ask, I do not give him rice cereal )
4) is it okay for us not to be on a 'set' feeding schedule? My LO has a very small appetite for breastmilk, and often refuses me during the day, so I will only give him solids after a good nursing session (he gets solids at least once a day, but I try to give him breakfast, lunch and dinner). Is it bad if I am not consistent? If I give him solids when he hasn't nursed well then he fills up on solids and its even longer before I can get him to nurse again.
Thanks! I really appreciate your input as usual.